Change of Command Ceremony at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge
April 6, 2016 – Nekaneet First Nation, Saskatchewan – Correctional Service of Canada
On April 6, 2016, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) held a Change of Command Ceremony at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in the Prairie region. This occasion marked the change in command from the outgoing Kikawinaw Veronica Sinclair to the incoming Kikawinaw Lee Anne Skene.
This ceremony highlights the importance of being the leader of Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge and the responsibilities associated with taking on the role of a Kikawinaw. It provides CSC with a valuable opportunity to gather together and witness the passing of responsibility for the safety and security of staff, offenders and the community from one person to another.
“In many ways this is a symbolic event, but it’s important to note that for the newly appointed leader, it represents their pledge to ensure that every decision they make respects CSC’s Mission, the rule of law, and the rights of staff and inmates,” said Don Head, CSC Commissioner. “Every change in leadership brings new thinking and new opportunities for growth and I am very pleased to be here to help to commemorate this event,” added Mr. Head.
The Change of Command Ceremony is an important tradition for CSC that allows staff to witness the passing of responsibility from one leader to another as part of its focus on pride and tradition. It is also an opportunity for the organization to celebrate its traditions and reaffirms the incoming leader’s commitment to enhancing public safety results for Canadians.
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